LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Monday afternoon the City of LaFollette Council met for the monthly workshop. Items discussed ranged from personnel to surplusing a Gradall excavator.

City Administrator Stan Foust announced Chief Bill Roehl’s plans for retirement on Sept. 1. The council thanked him for his years of service and he expressed his thanks for the opportunity. After a lengthy discussion, the council decided to put the appointment of Capt. Steve Wallen as police chief on next week’s agenda. Roehl retired from a distinguished 31-year career with the Knoxville Police Department, and then he took over as chief in August 2015 in La Follette. He followed in his grandfather’s foot steps who was also La Follette’s chief of police decades earlier.

National Night Out will be held on Aug. 2, at 6 pm, at Seargeant’s Park. The council will vote on promoting April Marlow to full time janitorial at a salary of $25,470.64 effective Aug. 13. She is currently working 30 hours a week.

The fire department has three promotions on the agenda, Ryan Wagner to a full-time entry-level fire fighter/ advanced EMT at a salary of $32,577.47 effective Aug. 13: promoting Jeremiah Dagley to a full time entry-level fire fighter at a salary of $31,577.47 effective Aug. 13 and promoting Joshua Etters to a full time entry-level fire fighter/ basic EMT at a salary of $32,077.47 effective Aug. 13. All three of the men are currently employed part time with the fire department.

Rounding out the agenda were three resolutions and three ordinances to be voted on next week. Resolution 2022-18 providing for In Lieu of Tax Payments from LaFollette Utilities. This is done yearly. Resolution 2022-19 authorizing water upgrade project, this will replace the main water line in the city beginning at the hospital and continuing to IGA.  Resolution 2022-20 authorizing the City of LaFollette to participate in PEP Risk Management Pool (Safety Partners) Loss Control Matching Grant Program. This a $2,000 grant that is done yearly. Ordinance 2022-10 amending the personnel policy on recommendations of state law regarding work/overtime hours reporting will have a final reading. Ordinance 2022-11 will have a first reading amending Title 8 Chapter 2 of Alcoholic Beverages, the ordinance follows state guidelines. Ordinance 2022-12 amending personnel policy regarding personal relationships will have a first reading. The ordinance states that if a personal relationship is established after employment, it is the responsibility and obligation of the employees involved to disclose the existence of the relationship to the department head and city administrator. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/26/2022-6AM)